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Love Your Body Week Instructor Spotlights – Katie, Angie, & Sarah

Love Your Body Week Instructor Spotlights – Katie, Angie, & Sarah

. 6 min read

As a part of our Love Your Body Week celebration, we are sharing the stories of body-positive leaders on the Moxie platform.

Today we have the opportunity to celebrate Katie Silva, Angie Gallis, and Sarah Davis. Read below to hear their stories around body image, self-care, and celebrating our bodies in all forms.

Katie Silva

Katie mission and intension is to help others find that passion to become their strongest, most emotionally connected, happiest, and healthiest self. Read more about Katie below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for her #LOVEYOURBODY: BAD A$$ BODY BLAST class.

Q&A with Katie:

  • How has fitness impacted your relationship with your body?

I'm able to love my body more now for what it gives me - strength. I have never had high self-esteem, nor do I claim to now. Still, I can appreciate my body more now that I see what it can do in fitness and in overall "living", I recognize more so now that my body carried my daughter for nearly ten months. Even though it changed my body, I can see the beauty in it for all that it has given me. Being able to do the workouts where I work hard, breathe heavy, sweat, and challenge myself make me want to thank and love my body.

  • What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity, for me, means an appreciation for what your body has given you. For the life it allows you to carry on each day, for the bones and muscles you have that function enough to get you out of bed, to workout, to hold your child, to jam out at a concert, to have your coffee in the morning, whatever it may be. Meeting your body where it is, is body positivity. Recognizing some peoples bodies can offer more, some can offer less, but body positivity is knowing your body and what it has done for you. Knowing that is what makes it beautiful - No matter the size or shape.

  • Do you have a self-care routine? Share in detail.

I don't have a particular routine. If I begin to feel overwhelmed I incorporate meditation into my day, or I find time with friends. Those things are my therapy, as well as just having the satisfaction of being myself. Ever since becoming a fitness instructor, I have realized that being myself is the only way to be. People can love you or hate you, but if you're your authentic self, that's all the self-care you need.

  • What about advice for someone struggling with body positivity?

Be kind to your body because it allows you to live. It's letting you carry on and do the things you love. Even if you are compromised in some way, begin to look at what your body can and does offer you. Look in the mirror and find something beautiful in your body. Even if you don't see it, ask a close friend, then look at what they say and see it too. Understand that you may not always be beautiful to yourself, and that's okay. Still, the moment you are kind to your body and allow your body to work in any way that it can, you will begin to feel the sense of kindness to it and further begin to see the beauty within you.

Angie Gallis

Angie has an immense passion for teaching and mentoring others. It is her intention to support and enhance the journey of students and teachers through 1:1 private sessions, group classes, and workshops. Read more about Angie below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for her #LOVEYOURBODY: PROP IT UP! class.

Q&A with Angie:

  • What does body positivity mean to you?

Often, when we think about body positivity, we focus on the physical aspect of how our bodies look. But in looking at it from a mental health standpoint, a healthy, positive body image is so much more than how we look and feel. Body positivity to me is loving the whole you, having self-esteem and self-confidence, which are a part of self-love. Only when we love ourselves are we able to lead a truly happy life as our authentic self!

  • In what ways do you aim to empower yourself or others to love their bodies?

It all goes back to self-love! I remind myself and others I see struggling with body image that it's not a race but rather a journey. Through yoga, my intention is for my classes to be accessible, adaptable, and modifiable for every body! I favor teaching gentle vinyasa flow and restorative yoga to focus more on the mind-body connection, nurture self-love, and promote body positivity. This is as opposed to a more robust practice where the tendency might shift our focus more on pushing our bodies towards achieving that "perfect" yoga pose and not accepting where we need to be in the present moment.

  • While there's obviously a ton of work to be done still, can you speak to the progress around the body positive movement? Have the stereotypes improved even a little bit?

I am not perfect and will be honest in saying that, until the pandemic forced me to slow down, which gave me more time to focus on world issues, I didn't realize just how much work has been done towards the movement. That is part of why I am grateful for Moxie initiatives like "Love Your Body Week" to bring awareness to issues that many don't recognize exist. Another great reminder that we are never alone. There is still much more work to be done related to stereotypes, especially when it comes to social media. I will say though, that it fills me with joy to see more and more people beginning to set boundaries when it comes to who and what they follow on social media platforms. Part of self-love and body positivity lies in our choices every day no matter how insignificant those choices may seem!

  • What about advice for someone struggling with body positivity?

First, my door (whether in person or virtual) is ALWAYS open! You are never alone. Don't be afraid to set boundaries for others and always be your authentic self! I spent decades as a child and young adult always trying to fit, which only ever led to feeling even more left out. Learning to love myself and finding the self-confidence to set those boundaries has led to a much happier and grounded life. Your circle is out there and you will find them!

Sarah Davis

Sarah is a dancer as well as a Certified Child Life Specialist with expertise in managing stress and anxiety. Read more about Sarah below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for her #LOVEYOURBODY AND EXPLORE FREEDOM IN DANCE class.

Q&A with Sarah:

  • What does body-positivity mean to you?

You've got to accept your body as it is right now. Of course, some people need to lose weight or strengthen their muscles but before you try to change your body, you need to first accept it as it is. That means you first bring awareness to your entire body, even the parts that you try to ignore and give gratitude to it because our bodies are amazing things if you think about it. There are so many different things happening inside your body just to keep you alive. You've got to be accepting and thankful for this. Then, you might find that you are not so hard on yourself, and it might even be easier to get your body to make the changes it needs (and not the changes you think it needs.)

  • What are some insecurities you have about your body? How do you work through them? How do you overcome it?

As a dancer, my weight and silhouette are both things I struggle with. But I also struggle with my stamina and flexibility. I have to remind myself that my body is part of who I am and that I need to accept it. I also have to remind myself that I need to take time to rest. The most helpful thing for me to do when I feel insecure is focusing on what I can do well. For example, I know that I'm very good at fluid movements. So I focus on that and enjoy the feeling of my body moving through space.

  • Do you have a self-care routine? Share in detail.

I try really hard to get enough sleep. I need at least eight hours. I also try to get enough water and vegetables, but I admit it can be challenging. Lately, I've been trying to find a way to be more mindful. I'm not very good at meditation, but I find it helpful to take time to be still. And I always make sure I'm feeding my spiritual life.

  • What about advice for someone struggling with body positivity?

Don't bottle it up. Tell someone you trust. And try to find something about your body that you like. I like my collarbone (weird, I know), so I like to choose clothes that accentuate it. So when I'm looking at myself in the mirror, I feel positive about myself.